News from the Pews: ELCA’s New Leading Lady

The Evangelica Lutheran Church in America elected its first female presiding bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, last week.

This is important, y’all!

You may recall that in 2006 we elected the first female presiding bishop in the Anglican Communion. That was a big deal, especially since in some parts of the world female bishops (and even priests) are not yet allowed or common (including the Church of England).

ELCA and The Episcopal Church are in full communion, meaning that Episcopal clergy can serve in Lutheran churches and vice versa. Interestingly, her husband is an Episcopal priest. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere…

If you want to read more about the new ELCA PB, I recommend this interview with TIME.

It seems there have been all kinds of new and different things happening in church leadership. I’m glad to see that things are changing, particularly towards the marginalized, women, and LGBTQ’s. I know that the path before us all is bumpy, windy, swampy, and messy, but that road is leading to the Kingdom of God so I will slog through it all.


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